INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana State Police say they're hoping parents stay vigilant in the fight against heroin.
They say the drug is becoming so popular, they've been flooded with requests to host educational programs on the drug.
"We have more requests right now for heroin programs, and heroin education from the public, than any other type of drug other than prescription," said Senior Trooper Tami Watson, with Indiana State Police.
Studies show heroin remains the fastest growing addiction in Marion County. Use of the drug increased 21% between 2010 and 2011.
At Fairbanks Treatment Center, opiates are the second-most common addiction they see, behind only alcohol.
"With someone under 21, it may be easier to purchase heroin than it is to purchase alcohol," said Robin Parsons, Fairbanks Director of Adult Services.
State Police say Indianapolis remains the hub of the Midwest. They're constantly watching for heroin moving across the interstates.
"We are centrally located between Louisville, Cinncinati, St Louis and Chicago. Indianapolis is a natural stopping point, said Watson.
The Marion County Coroner's office tells 24-Hour-News 8 the numbers of heroin-related deaths have gone up since last year.
"We've seen a lot of overdose deaths throughout the state in the last 18 months," added Watson. "it is extremely dangerous, and it can be cut with about any type of chemical."
With heroin, you could become addicted the first time you use it," said Parsons. "You could overdose at any time."
So what should parents look for? Experts say it's imperative to be on the lookout with your children. Check for flu-like symptoms, if your children are sleeping for long periods of time. Look for irritability, or items missing from your home (some may sell household items for money for drugs), or even an excessive use of spoons. They also say it's important to look for a change in friends or grades.
Watson says they're hosting an educational program in Mooresville in March on this very subject. They are also planning others across the state.
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